Our Company Environmental Enhancements
About Environmental Enhancements
Founded in 2003, Environmental Enhancements was the result of a personal hardship caused by a common, yet largely unrecognized, problem with septic systems. After only 1½ years in my new home, I had the pleasure of cleaning up 2 inches of sewer effluent in my basement. My septic tank outlet pipe had become blocked with washing machine lint. Much like dryer lint, I discovered that washing machines break down clothing fibers and pump them into septic systems during the rinse cycle. I went to the hardware store to find a product to solve this problem, but came home empty handed. In the end, I designed and fabricated my own prototype – the Lint LUV-R Septic SAV-R. I have been using this product in my home for 18 years and have now sold over 7500 units internationally through my home-based business.
The Problem with Lint
In addition to blocked plumbing and distribution lines, washing machine lint is a leading contributor to septic system failure. During heavy wash days when septic tanks become full of wastewater, synthetic lint fibers (acrylic, nylon, polyester, etc.) float and flush around tank baffles. Carried out into the septic field, this non-biodegradable lint causes other problems:
- Sewage pump failure from binding
- Contamination of the distribution field
- Plugged soil pores leading to system failure and environmental and/or groundwater contamination
- Expensive replacement of septic field and/or septic system
MicroPlastics & Environmental ContaminationRecently, scientists have connected increasing microplastic contamination in aquatic systems to synthetic fibers from washing machine effluent. Ineffective or non-existent household and commercial wastewater and sewage filters currently allow these fibers to enter our oceans, lakes, rivers and groundwater systems unabated. Microplastics can then be ingested by fish and other marine life, thereby entering the food chain and our food supply.